Since hurricane Andrew, the building codes have been strengthened a great deal. However, it appears that only reputable manufacturers and subcontractors are abiding by many of the code requirements.
Within the MCM industry, many non-reputable fabricators and subcontractors are not abiding by some of the code requirements for structural integrity, testing for water and air infiltration, etc. Additionally, the MCM Manufacturers are turning a blind eye to this fact. Admittedly, they do not have contractual responsibility to assure that the fabricators are abiding by the codes, but they are stakeholders in maintaining great performance of this outstanding product type.
Since MCM has inherent strength and flexibility, there has not been a rash of poor performance, but this good fortune does not address the fact that the codes are not being enforced. Fairness would dictate that all participants should be held to the same standards, but if no one is effectively enforcing the codes, non-reputable participants will always “take shortcuts” and reputable participants will be at a competitive and financial disadvantage.
I know this is happening in our segment of the non-residential construction industry and it would be disingenuous to presume it is not happening in other segments as well.
Let me pose the following questions to the readers of this Blog and ask for your comments:
- Have you experienced similar situations in your segment of the industry?
- Have you been able to address these infractions in some way that has proven beneficial?
- Do any of you have ideas on how we may be able to address this issue to promulgate a positive outcome?
I do not ask for a lot of comments on most issues, but this one is different. Please participate on this topic for the betterment of our industry.
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That is it for today. Post your comments on the Blog and let us stimulate the discussion.
Ted S. Miller